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WTW Research Network Q1 2024 Newsletter

March 28, 2024

Our first newsletter of 2024 looks at the emerging new normal of global nat cat insured losses exceeding US $100bn, continued & new conflicts, how technology is changing the insurance narrative and welcomes new members to our network.
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We started 2024 with an emerging new normal. For the fourth consecutive year, 2023 saw global insured losses from nat cat events exceeding US$100 billion. Secondary perils, primarily severe convective storms in the U.S. and Europe, wildfires in Hawaii and hail in Italy, contributed substantially to last year's insurance claims, underscoring their growing influence and leading to a rethink on how they should be considered in terms of impact. Our 2023 Natural Catastrophe review sits contributions from our academic partners alongside commentary from the WRN team to provide an in-depth analysis on lessons learned and emerging trends. Accompanying the review, our 2024 Natural Catastrophe seminar program will bring together expertise from across our network and WTW to explore key questions spanning a range of perils. We’d love you to join us for these talks.

For many, 2024 will be defined by political events. 2023 saw continued conflict in Ukraine, fresh violence in Israel / Gaza and regional tensions across Africa. The WTW Crisis Management Annual Review includes themes such as the impact of people movements, the increase in active assailant incidents in Europe and the resurgence of state and technology-supported terrorism. 2024 is also being dubbed ‘the year of elections’ – by some estimates more than 4 billion votes will be cast in national polls this year. Against a backdrop of a cost of living crisis, ‘economic voting’ may make it a year of change in many countries and a new report explores what consequences this may have for the world

Our third topic in this newsletter looks at how technology is changing the insurance narrative. Views on Artificial Intelligence range from utopian improvements in productivity, efficiency and collaboration to dystopian scenarios around mass-unemployment, inequality and risks to humanity. In a number of insight pieces, we look at this dynamic and explore how large language models could be poised to become integral to human-machine collaboration across the entire creative process.

Finally we would like to welcome new members to our network. Professor Erica Thompson, from the London Mathematical Laboratory, is a global leader in the application of mathematical models to support real-world decisions and author of the book ‘Escape from Model Land’ and will support work developing our mindful use of modeling. Professor Marcus Stoffel, from the University of Geneva, will work with us on quantifying the impact from rare but catastrophic volcanic eruptions on climate, food security, and society. Volcanoes have been the leading cause of global climate disruptions for most of human history and this work will help shed light on potential effects of a Tambora-style event.

As always, thank you for reading and please do get in touch with any questions.

Table of Contents

  1. 01

    Natural Catastrophe Review July - December 2023

    The latest edition of our Natural Catastrophe Review presents insights and lessons learned from major natural disasters in the second half of 2023, explores key themes of the year, and offers an outlook for early 2024.

  2. 02

    WTW Research Network announces new modeling collaboration with the London Mathematical Laboratory

    New agreement will inform the use of mathematical modeling for insurance, to help mitigate natural catastrophe risk

  3. 03

    Building Resilience: The Role of Flood Disasters in Fostering Community Risk-Mitigation Measures

    As communities face increasing hazards from climate change and development, there is a growing need to encourage the adoption of risk mitigation strategies.

  4. 04

    European Windstorms: The Role of the North Atlantic Oscillation in Estimating Return Levels

    Using statistical methods and windstorm footprints, researchers can better estimate extreme wind gusts in Europe. This improves understanding of high-risk wind events and challenges traditional models.

  5. 05

    ISO 31050: Introducing the risk intelligence cycle for emerging risks

    From conceptual complexity to applied competitive advantage: any organisation can benefit from emerging risk management with sensibly scaled frameworks and time horizons.

  6. 06

    2024: The year of elections

    This year we will see 83 elections in 78 countries. What consequences might the 2024 'year of elections' bring?

  7. 07

    Navigating the complex landscape of AI governance: Challenges tools and guidance for a trustworthy future

    As Artificial Intelligence’s (AI) use in business and government increases by leaps and bounds, the need for transparent, fair, and safe governance standards has moved off the planning list into action.

  8. 08

    The Russia-Ukraine Crisis: a question four moment for the private sector?

    "A question four moment” refers to a step in a military planning framework, which deliberately forces the planner to consider if the situation has changed since they started work.

  9. 09

    LLMs and creative outputs: Synergistic lessons for innovative adoptions

    LLMs have shown remarkable abilities across multiple subject matter domains. As they continue to evolve, LLMs are poised to become integral to human-machine collaboration across the entire creative process.

  10. 10

    Exploring risks and innovations in sea-based infrastructure

    In this episode of Geopolcast, Elisabeth Braw, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and expert speakers Michael Buckle and Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad deep dive into sea-based infrastructure, discussing the intersection of geopolitics, technology and the heightened risks of shipping.

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